Supply Chain by the Numbers

-May 1, 2008


The Numbers Worth Knowing this Week in Supply Chain and Logistics


This Week: Inventory Deload Program at Wal-Mart Pays Off; SanDisk Improves S&OP with New SC Technology; North American 3PL Market Continues Growth; GM Takes a Hit to the Wallet Due to Supplier Strike



The amount of inventory growth in the Wal-Mart US group in 2007, versus a 5.7% growth in sales, as recently announced in the company’s annual report. The success of Wal-Mart’s Inventory Deload program is paying off, as in past years when nventory was growing faster than sales.




The number of months it used to take flash drive maker SanDisk to complete monthly plans, before it implemented new supply chain technology and dramatically improved S&OP processes, as described this week by CIO Cecilia Claudio at the i2 User Conference.


Growth in the North American Third Party Logistics market in 2007, according to data released this week from Armstrong and Associates, a logistics industry research firm. That number is down from the double digit gains of recent years, but still strong overall. Forecast for 2008 though is for just 5.5% growth.

800 million

The cost estimate by GM of the negative impact of the two-month strike at American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings, which has impacted production at 30 plants.

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